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I have dental gum disease, what's my first step to get rid of it?

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Dr. John Francis
Dentistry - Periodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Don't give up!

If your good habits at home, i.
e. Brushing and flossing, don't reduce the problem, you may have more serious periodontitis rather than just gingivitis. See your dentist soon.

In brief: Don't give up!

If your good habits at home, i.
e. Brushing and flossing, don't reduce the problem, you may have more serious periodontitis rather than just gingivitis. See your dentist soon.
Dr. John Francis
Dr. John Francis
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Good oral hygeine.

Probably the best treatment for most gum disease is regular trips to the dentist for check-up, and good oral hygeine at home, like brushing regularly, and flossing.
Poor oral health can lead to infections that can travel within the bloodstream.

In brief: Good oral hygeine.

Probably the best treatment for most gum disease is regular trips to the dentist for check-up, and good oral hygeine at home, like brushing regularly, and flossing.
Poor oral health can lead to infections that can travel within the bloodstream.
Dr. Joseph Woods
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Dr. Mark Bornfeld
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Proper Diagosis

As is the case for any disease, formal diagnosis must come first.
By taking the full measure of the problem, a rational, comprehensive, and informed course of therapy can be devised. Your general dentist may choose to treat your gum disease, or it may be deemed preferable to have it managed by a periodontist. See http://www.Perio.Org/consumer/1a.Html for contact information for one near you.

In brief: Proper Diagosis

As is the case for any disease, formal diagnosis must come first.
By taking the full measure of the problem, a rational, comprehensive, and informed course of therapy can be devised. Your general dentist may choose to treat your gum disease, or it may be deemed preferable to have it managed by a periodontist. See http://www.Perio.Org/consumer/1a.Html for contact information for one near you.
Dr. Mark Bornfeld
Dr. Mark Bornfeld
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Dr. James Hargan
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See a Dentist

Need to find a good dentist.
They might refer you to a gum specialist (periodontist). They will educate on condition, options, procedures, prognosis, etc, etc, then it is up to you to follow through. Good luck. I hope it all works out well for you.

In brief: See a Dentist

Need to find a good dentist.
They might refer you to a gum specialist (periodontist). They will educate on condition, options, procedures, prognosis, etc, etc, then it is up to you to follow through. Good luck. I hope it all works out well for you.
Dr. James Hargan
Dr. James Hargan
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: See your dentist

1. See your dentist.
2. Have a deep cleaning done by your dentist ( aka, root plane/ scale) 3. Maintain good oral hygiene at home, including flossing 4. Optional use off additional things, such as: breathrx mouth rinse, sonicare toothbrush, waterpik) 5. Possible gum surgery.

In brief: See your dentist

1. See your dentist.
2. Have a deep cleaning done by your dentist ( aka, root plane/ scale) 3. Maintain good oral hygiene at home, including flossing 4. Optional use off additional things, such as: breathrx mouth rinse, sonicare toothbrush, waterpik) 5. Possible gum surgery.
Dr. Anthony Silvestro
Dr. Anthony Silvestro
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Dr. Christine Fox
You can't necessarily " get rid of" gum disease. But you can control it with proper oral hygiene and treatment by your dentist. Gum disease is very often inherited.

In brief: Dental supervision

You should first have a thorough cleaning, x-rays and evaluation to determine the severity of the gum disease.
Then you should listen to the advice to the dental hygienist and dentist on the steps necessary to proper home care maintenance. You may need more than two cleanings a year or some deep cleaning.

In brief: Dental supervision

You should first have a thorough cleaning, x-rays and evaluation to determine the severity of the gum disease.
Then you should listen to the advice to the dental hygienist and dentist on the steps necessary to proper home care maintenance. You may need more than two cleanings a year or some deep cleaning.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry

In brief: Diagnosis

Proper diagnosis.
Mild gum disease can be treated many times with a thorough "deep cleaning" of the roots below the gum tissues. Otherwise consult a periodontist for comprehensive therapy. Good oral hygiene and regular cleanings are the key to long term success.

In brief: Diagnosis

Proper diagnosis.
Mild gum disease can be treated many times with a thorough "deep cleaning" of the roots below the gum tissues. Otherwise consult a periodontist for comprehensive therapy. Good oral hygiene and regular cleanings are the key to long term success.
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dr. Ragan Faler
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